Health has many shapes and forms, but mental health is one of if not the most important of them all. If you pair that information with how much we use technology for most of our day-to-day activities, you come to realize how imperative it is to incorporate healthy habits into these tasks. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the ways you can do just that by using technology as a benefit to your mental health.
A smartphone can be an extremely helpful tool for improving mental health if you look past the surface of the device. Most people understand the presence of social media but don’t know that there are actually apps for depression and phobias that are designed to lift a person’s mood and encourage them to become more active. There are also apps like Calm that teach meditation techniques or HabitHub that can help combat unhealthy habits that people are looking to rid themselves of.
Telehealth is the process of speaking with a health care provider via video or phone. This form of technology can be beneficial for mental health because it reduces cost and makes getting access to these services more attainable. By offering both video and audio-only options, telehealth allows the patient to feel more comfortable during their treatment.
Reduced Social Media Use
Social media is a big part of everyone’s life, whether we want it to be or not. However, becoming too involved is proven to be detrimental to our mental health and has even been listed as a major factor for anxiety and depression. This usually comes from cyberbullying or some form of negative online interaction.
On the other hand, social media isn’t 100 percent bad. Just like all things, it can be beneficial if used in moderation. Apps like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and others give you the ability to engage and interact actively with friends all over the world. This can be helpful for those dealing with some form of social isolation and can even benefit people that are looking for a community of others dealing with similar issues or illnesses.
Online Support Groups
Support groups are a great resource for those experiencing some kind of life struggle, which can obviously play an enormous role in your mental health. However, it can be difficult for someone to open up about a private and sensitive component of their lives, especially in person. Online support groups can be extremely beneficial because it allows for members to maintain whatever level of anonymity they desire while also receiving the same support.
The increased access and availability are also benefits that come from online support groups. When dealing with an illness or traumatic life event, it’s nice to have access to support at any time of the day or night.
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